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Most valuable reference book! Get it in hard copy!

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Reviewed: 25-08-2020

This is a valuable book for anyone interested in the questions of how we humans are supposed to live our lives. The answers to those questions will be different for different people, but this book gives guidelines to most life situations, with references for more in depth reading. Very relevant, and an excellent overview of both ancient and modern philosophy, applied to modern life! Be sure to get the hard copy as well, almost essential for rereading and reference to wider reading. The narrator excelled, lovely to listen to!

Practical guidelines for a healthy lifestyle.

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Reviewed: 03-01-2020

This book gives a good general overview of the latest research regarding healthy living. The authors did quite well with the subject, considering that they are not scientists, nutritionists or medici. I recommend, however, that this book should be read in hard copy, in order to serve as a reference book. It is also pointless narrating a whole chapter of recipes. The narrator performed well overall, except for numerous mis-pronounciations of scientific and even common names and terms.

Brilliant!

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Reviewed: 25-10-2019

Douglas Murray is brilliant all round as a thinker, writer and narrator. He addresses current issues with insight and courage, cutting through political correctness to expose the ludicracy and harm of corrective action taken too far.

Enjoyed this book!

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Reviewed: 28-03-2019

Bill Bryson has a talent for humorous and informative travel writing! This book gives a delightful insight into Australia, its people, its nature and history. I thought the narrator did a good job, apart from the small error in the pronouncing of Uluru, which was a bit bothersome. Overall an enjoyable and informative overview of down under! Highly recommended listen for visitors to Australia, or new residents.

Good reasoning

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Reviewed: 28-03-2019

This book is an excellent read for non-believers, confirming the common sense reasoning that led them to leave their religious beliefs of their upbringing. There are a lot of aha moments in this book! This book, however, will have very little impact on firm believers, as religious beliefs cannot be disspelled by reasoning. Religion is beyond proof, so it is a futile exercise to try and counteract it with scientific facts and common sense. It is unbelievable that religion is still playing such a huge roll in this day and age. The human is an emotional animal, we are much more irrational than what we think we are.

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Did not get this book's message

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Reviewed: 13-03-2019

I took a chance with this one, but it did not come off. This is a continuous flow of contradictory, unsubstantiated statements going on and on and on...... One positive about this book is that it will cure your insomnia, great book to fall asleep to with the monotonous tone used by the narrator

Selected ideas of Psychology

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Reviewed: 12-03-2019

I expected a coherent overview of psychology, but the very detailed lectures did not form a whole. The series give the impression of a compilation of unrelated, separately prepared lectures.That also created some repetition of studies or anecdotes mentioned. He concentrated on a few great thinkers such as Aristotle, David Hume and Freud, but did not mention some of the other big names. I found that he tended to revert back to philosophy, where his strength lies. I personally would have liked more emphisis on recent developments in psychology in this series. Overall an exhaustive, detailed encounter of some great ideas in psychology, worth the effort to finish, but do not expect to find any answers. The lecturer has a great mind, is very knowledgible on his subject, and lectures very well.

History of earth from mineralogy perspective

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Reviewed: 17-02-2019

These lectures are a gripping account of the origin and evolusion of earth and life. The lecturer comes over as an expert in his field, with a passion for Mineralogy. However, I found these lectures hard going, despite my Science background. I got the idea that he made use of visual aids during his lectures, which I thought were essential to the optimum comprehension of his lectures. The PDF notes help with that to a certain extent. I ordered his hard copy book, The Story of Earth, to be able to study the subject with more visual aids.

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A classic !

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Reviewed: 09-12-2018

This is a spot-on, honoust observation of human nature, one of the most insightful books on this topic I encountered to date. The author has a remarkable ability to see through learned behaviour into the motives driven by human nature. Based on the same principles as his previous book, The 48 Laws of Power, but applied wider, this book discusses human nature in a straightforward manner, illustrated by fascinating biographies, and then coaches readers how to respond to those human behaviour in others and oneself, and apply aspects of our nature positively, rather than destructively. This book helped me more than any other selfimprovement book. I listened to this book 3 times, and bought it in hard copy for future reference. The narrator is one of the best I have ever listened to.

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This book has a crucial message for modern humans

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Reviewed: 07-12-2018

The 1st part of the book is a fascinating account of the evolutionary development of the human body, explaining why modern humans have the bodies we have. The second part of the book addresses the modern lifestyle ailments humans encounter due to cultural evolution, the changes that the human body is not adapted to handle. The author conclude with some alternative actions by governments that may be applied to address our increasing lifestyle diseases and other ailments. Very well reasoned, food for thought and action!